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Pizer, S.A. (2019). “That Time of Year Thou May’st in Me Behold”: An Analyst Encounters Aging. Psychoanal. Dial., 29(5):543-547.

(2019). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29(5):543-547

“That Time of Year Thou May’st in Me Behold”: An Analyst Encounters Aging

Stuart A. Pizer, Ph.D., ABPP

I interweave literature and life experience to describe the tension between accepting and negating the changes inherent in aging. I consider the costs and the increasing strains of holding onto the illusion of perpetually keeping life the same in the face of inescapable existential realities: diminishment, vulnerability, relinquishment, loss, and an approaching end. I emphasize the importance of acceptance, love, and memory, and embracing the moments we have as they are.

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